Note: For now, our 2021 Publius fellowship is still scheduled. We are tracking COVID-19 in California, our country, and around the world. We will of, course, postpone the fellowship if we must to ensure the safety of staff, faculty, and fellows.
The 2021 Publius Fellowship: Saturday, June 26th - Saturday, July 17th.
All incoming Publius Fellows will be awarded: a $1500 honorarium, $700 travel stipend, and lodging for the entire duration of the Fellowship. Most meals will also be provided.
About the Fellowship
Every summer, the Claremont Institute brings together a selective group of promising young conservatives to study the distinctive moral and political principles of the American constitutional order. In over forty intensive daily seminars and relaxed evening symposia, Publius Fellows discuss political philosophy and American government with distinguished scholars.
Who Should Apply?
Publius Fellowships are awarded to highly qualified college seniors, recent college graduates, and graduate students pursuing careers in politics, scholarship, journalism, and related fields. We also welcome international students to apply.
Application Deadline: February 15, 2021
During the constitutional ratification debates, opponents of the proposed Constitution considered the document flawed or even sinister. Some thought it would move America closer to despotism than democracy. Writing as “Publius,” Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay took to the pages of New York newspapers to defend the Constitution as more than a “bundle of compromises” and as the best political and institutional arrangement for securing life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
While the opinions found in Publius’ work came from years of experience under the Articles of Confederation, they were also the product of sustained reflection on history and politics. Thomas Jefferson remarked that The Federalist was “the best commentary on government, which was ever written.”
Established in 1979, the Publius Fellowship was designed to instill in new generations of Americans that same attention to the higher principles of politics.
The Claremont Institute extends warm gratitude to Henry Salvatori, Chairman of the Henry Salvatori Foundation, for providing a generous endowment fund to sponsor the Henry Salvatori Program for the American Founding. Under this program the Claremont Institute produces publications and holds educational seminars for teachers, students, journalists and business leaders on the principles and practices of free government as understood by America’s Founders. This includes Claremont’s Publius Fellowship.